msw Posted August 23, 2011 Share Posted August 23, 2011 Having visited the ongoing work-in-progress that is Gaudi's incomparable Sagrada Familia in 2005, I've often found myself wondering what kind of organ would eventually be built for it, and indeed who would be awarded the contract. (I'm sure many others have too!) At last it appears there is a partial answer to that question. Though incomplete, the Sagrada Familia has now been consecrated as a minor basilica, by Pope Benedict in November 2010. A 2-manual / pedal organ was installed in the Presbytery (ready for use on that occasion) by Orgues Blancafort; it's the first of several instruments that will be placed at strategic locations throughout the basilica, obviously to try and overcome the tremendous acoustics in there! http://www.orguesblancafort.com/PRO-EN.pdf http://www.orguesblancafort.com/CARACT-EN.pdf There's already some footage of the instrument in use: The latter clip (from the consecration service) proves why multiple organs will be needed: it must have been hell on earth for the organist to try and accompany the choir from effectively the opposite end of the building! One wonders if the project will be completed in tandem with the basilica's own completion, due by 2026...? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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